Example of electromagnetic shielding effectiveness test
BCA 20256462 - Shielding Effectiveness and RF Attenuation of Laser-Cut Windows in rail vehicles
emctest technologies performs shielding effectiveness testsEMCTEST Technologies, Via Marecchiese 273, Rimini, ITALY
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Repeaters have played a significant role in enhancing mobile coverage.
They work by capturing signals through an outdoor antenna, amplifying them, and then redistributing them indoors via cables or antennas. Despite their effectiveness, repeaters have drawbacks such as generating additional noise and the need for selective amplifiers to only boost specific frequencies, necessitating frequent updates for new frequency bands. MIMO technology implementation is complex, and these systems require ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
Additionally, when trains cross international borders, repeaters must be turned off, leading to a loss of mobile coverage for rail passengers.

An alternative method to improve mobile communications in train carriages involves reducing the car body's signal damping.
Using specially treated window panes is an effective approach. A laser-etched pattern in the metal layer of the windows, with structure sizes much smaller than the wavelength, is currently the preferred method. This creates a non-homogeneous metal layer perceived as an interrupted structure by the incoming wave, allowing the electric field to form between the elements.
The size of these structures significantly influences the damping of high-frequency bands.
The structure acts as a low pass filter, composed of the air's characteristic impedance and a capacitor, with the surface resistance of the layer in series. The width of the laser etching and the size of the tiles significantly affect the frequency response. The larger the ratio of metal to gap, the lower the 3dB cutoff frequency becomes.

At angles greater than 10° and up to 90°, there is a notable difference in reflection behavior between vertical and horizontal polarizations due to the Brewster angle.
This effect is a result of purely dielectric properties and is not influenced by laser design. Both polarizations only show similar dielectric behavior during orthogonal irradiation.
Therefore, measurements exclude angles beyond vertical incidence. To assess the polarization-specific impact of the laser design, both horizontal and vertical polarizations will be measured, and the specified limit values apply to both directions.

For practical use, the panes are fitted into a closed surface. At the testing station, varying disc masses and edge shapes can lead to different diffraction behaviors at the disc edges.
To minimize this effect, a minimum size of 110cm x 80cm (width x height) is mandated for the mesh.
Additionally, the disc is mounted in a standardized wall lined with absorber material in the measuring chamber.
The impact of the disc aperture is negated by a lee space measurement, ensuring that the disc size does not significantly affect the measurement outcome. However, it's important to note that the disc thickness and the gap between the two lenses are comparable to the wavelength of the upper spectrum. Consequently, a frequency response is anticipated, which will be factored into the decision-making criteria.

The frequency bands tested are as follows:

Frequency Bands
700 MHz Band 67, 68
800 MHz Band 20
900 MHz Band 8
1500 MHz Band 32, 51
1800 MHz Band 3
2100 MHz Band 1
2600 MHz Band 7
3500 MHz Band 42
3700 MHz Band 43
5000 MHz Band 46, 47

This standard is used for measuring radio wave transmission through a window, which is applicable to different types of vehicles, including trains, buses, and trams.

Emctest Technologies is a laboratory that performs shielding effectiveness tests on site, directly to the customer, in Italy and in Europe, or at its headquarters in Rimini - Italy.

We perform shielding effectiveness tests for several sectors:

  • private
  • industrial
  • medical
  • nautical
  • aviation
  • military
  • scientifical
Typical shielding effectiveness measurement frequencies are: 10 kHz, 100 kHz, 500 kHz, 1 MHz, 10 MHz, 30 MHz, 100 MHz, 433 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.5 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 3 GHz, 5 GHz, 5,8 GHz, 6 GHz, 10 GHz, 17 GHz, 18 GHz, 24 GHz (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical - ISM - band), 26.5 GHz, 30 GHz, 35 GHz, 40 GHz, 50 GHz, 60 GHz (Wireless communication and radar applications), 75 GHz, 77 GHz (Automotive radar systems), 94 GHz, 100 GHz, 110 GHz.

Our lab test can perform shielding effectiveness measurements up to 110 GHz.

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  • Fabrics used to protect premises against electromagnetic fields
  • Realization of card holders
  • Jackets pockets
  • Shirts
  • Bags
  • Suitcases to protect RFID cards

  • Shielding panels and sheets for the construction of shielded structures such as shelters, screened rooms, reserved rooms, medical rooms, etc.

  • Glasses to be applied to screens for small equipment
  • Glasses for the construction of shielding windows for buildings or internal dividing walls.

Applicable solutions
  • Spray
  • Shielding paints

Other shielding solutions
  • Not mentioned above

Oversize Products
  • Oversize Products
  • Aircrafts
  • Ships
  • Freighters
  • Trucks
  • Cars
  • Military Shelter
  • Container
  • Electrical cabinets / Enclosures

  • Entire buildings
  • Rooms
  • Reserved places
  • Government premises
  • Medical facilities
  • Shielded chambers
  • Anechoic chambers

Glass Windows
  • Shielded glasses
  • Equipment screens

Applicable solutions
  • Spray for industrial use
  • Military shielding paints

Other shielding solutions
  • Not mentioned above

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